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VA executives awash in bonuses despite ongoing wait-list scandal

Veteran Affairs employees raked in a combined $177 million in bonuses in fiscal-year 2015 even though VA offices across the country remain plagued by reports of mismanagement and continued manipulation of veteran wait-list times. USA Today has the scoop: More than 300 senior executives of the troubled agency received $3.3 million in bonuses, for an average payment of about $10,000 each. The non-executives received about $900 on average. Among those receiving bonuses was the former top VA official in Ohio who retired the same day he received a notice he was going to be fired. Another was the former chief of staff at the Phoenix VA Medical Center ...

New York Post editorial: ‘Worst of Obamacare is yet to come’

As if a 25-percent-average increase to federal Obamacare insurance premiums in 39 states isn’t enough, a slew of other problems associated with the botched health-insurance law are bound to arise in the weeks and months ahead. The New York Post has the details: More, the law also pushed consolidation — penalizing doctors who stay in independent practice, rewarding hospitals that merge. All because the liberals who wrote the law saw such competition as destructive… Still ahead: Budget crises in the states that accepted temporary federal bribes to massively expand their Medicaid rolls. More premium hikes on the exchanges, as ever fewer ...

FBI apparently reopens investigation into Clinton email scandal

A month after FBI Director James Comey refused to reopen the case into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server to transmit state secrets, the director announced Friday in a letter to lawmakers that the bureau has been made aware of emails relevant to the previously closed case and appears to have reopened the investigation into the former Obama administration employee. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: "I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review ...

Sen. David Perdue: Time to ‘usher in the return of the citizen legislator’

Lawmakers weren’t always in office year after year and decade after decade. It used to be that legislating was a secondary job held by ordinary Americans — and it still is that way in some legislative chambers around the country — but not so much anymore in Washington, D.C. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) explains why that’s a problem. The Daily Signal has the commentary: Now, more than ever, we should usher in the return of the citizen legislator. It is finally time that we impose term limits on members of Congress. Politicians should go to Washington, do their best, and then come home to live under the laws they’ve passed. It’s just ...

New York Times: Obamacare tax penalty ‘has not worked all that well’

The New York Times documents the people choosing to go without Obamacare this coming year because of the price spikes sweeping the country and instead take the tax penalty and pray they don’t need health insurance. Here are some of the details: It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges… William H. Weber, 51, a business consultant in Atlanta, said he paid $1,400 a month this year for a Humana health plan that covered him and his wife and two children. Premiums will increase 60 percent next year, Mr. Weber said, and he does not see ...

New York Times: ‘Obamacare prices are going way up’

Even the liberal-leaning New York Times is admitting Obamacare health-insurance premiums are jumping “way” up in 2017 but apparently dismisses the increases as insurers simply having “mispriced” insurance plans. Riiiight. This is yet another example of the New York Times ignoring the facts to promote a left-wing agenda. Read the New York Times’ details: Obamacare rates are going way up. The latest estimate from the federal government is that the average midlevel Obamacare plan, the most popular choice, will cost about 22 percent more in 2017 than it did in 2016. This is based on data from 39 states where people sign up through the ...

These senators just gave the Veterans Affairs secretary a deadline for answering reform-focused questions

A dozen U.S. senators over the weekend requested President Obama’s Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald answer by Nov. 14 four questions about what, if anything, the department has done to address inter-office corruption that led to the falsification of veteran wait-times. “The GAO report states that the VA needs a new comprehensive scheduling plan to ensure that checks and balances are in place so no one can manipulate the current scheduling system. What measures have you put in place to stop manipulation of veterans’ appointment records? What is the timeframe for a new scheduling system?” read the letter. The request comes on the ...

Arizona millennials on Obamacare ‘silver plan’ facing 116-percent increase to their premium

Young adults in Arizona who make between $30,000 and $40,000 a year are on the hook for a hefty chunk of a 116-percent-premium increase to their Obamacare insurance as they fail to qualify for a larger subsidy that would defray the price jump, according to a Health and Human Services report released Monday. CBS New York has the details: The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national ...

Pentagon 10 years later demands soldiers cough up reenlistment bonuses

Pentagon officials are ordering almost 10,000 soldiers to return reenlistment bonuses paid out a decade ago arguing the bonuses were overpayments and slapping the soldiers with interest fees and, in some cases, wage garnishments. The Los Angeles Times has the details: Investigations have determined that lack of oversight allowed for widespread fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets. But soldiers say the military is reneging on 10-year-old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on veterans whose only mistake was to accept bonuses offered when the Pentagon needed to fill the ...

Just in time for Halloween, this man’s Obamacare premium reaches frightening figure

It’s become an all-too-familiar story and it’s getting worse: The next-door neighbors forced onto an Obamacare exchange will be paying more for their health insurance than Americans’ average monthly mortgage payment – this after President Obama said his signature health-insurance plan would “lower” premiums… Fox News’ Todd Starnes has the scoop: Mr. Wells, of Colquitt, Georgia, is facing a massive (and I do mean massive) increase in his monthly health insurance premiums, according to a letter he received from BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia. “Your current monthly premium is $711.83,” read the letter. “Starting in January, ...